Two new unemployment benefit programs available to Iowans:
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), was created by the CARES Act and provides an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits to individuals who have exhausted their 26 weeks of regular state unemployment benefits.
State Extended Benefits (EB) have been triggered; unemployed workers who exhaust their allotted weeks of regular state unemployment and then the 13 weeks of federal PEUC benefits will now be eligible for State EB, which provides up to an additional 13 weeks of regular unemployment benefits while State EB is still triggered “On” in Iowa. Additional program details can be found HERE.
Health Care Coverage Option - Iowans who have experienced change in employment status due to COVID-19 may be eligible to enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage through healthcare.gov. A special enrollment period (SEP) is a period outside of open enrollment when a person can enroll in or switch ACA coverage.
Alliant Energy - Alliant Energy energy bill resources HERE
Iowa Housing Recovery Assistance - The Iowa Finance Authority has announced a program designed to assist Iowans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with rental and mortgage assistance. Applicants must be at or below 80% of the county-wide median income for their household size and not be receiving the additional Federal unemployment benefits to qualify. Additional program details can be found HERE.
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